I think we're able to help people achieve a healthier mouth. Because we are kind and thoughtful during procedures, we make the experience positive. It's exciting to see patients who come in tentatively and leave eager to make their next appointment. When we are able to treat someone who has neglected dental care for some time, because of fear, monetary reasons, or other issues, it is rewarding to see them with restored gums, sound teeth, an improved bite, and a beautiful smile. I have a particularly vivid memory of a woman who told us that she is still learning to use the new smile we gave her after 50 years of not smiling, because she was ashamed of her teeth.